Jose Mourinho Braces for a Potentially Brutal 2017

This season was supposed to see Manchester United march towards another Premier League title. It’s been a while since the Reds managed to win the championship, despite starting among the favourites each year. With Mourinho at the helm and a huge budget allowing him to sign the best players, the foreseeable future looked bright. These dreams were all but trampled by early December and the upcoming year now looks frightful for both team and manager.

A Storm Is Brewing for Mourinho

The “Special One” knew right from the start that he was going to have a hard time winning the hearts and minds of Manchester United supporters. After training Chelsea players for so long, everyone was expecting him to work on his attitude. Initially, it looked like money can really bring happiness, with amazing footballers being transferred to Old Trafford. Jose was given free hand in bringing in the kind of talent he considered useful to build a highly competitive team.

The likes of Pogba and Ibrahimovic boosted Manchester United offensively and the Reds were expected to steamrolled past opponents. It’s obviously now that this is not happening, especially when the team is playing on the road. As always, big spending comes back to bite managers, who quickly run out of excuses when things don’t go their way. The fans might refrain from criticizing Mourinho but they definitely don’t love him and their mood can change quickly when victories are scarce.

Manchester United Among the Biggest Spenders

The “open tab” at Manchester United also brought with it renewed beliefs in the team’s ability to bring back the team to its better days, with Mourinho at the helm. This has been reflected in the odds given to the team at sports bookies in the UK, as can be seen at bookies listed in sites like

Premier League teams spent a lot of money during the season break and Manchester United is at the top of the list. So far things are not going according to the plan for many of these big spenders and 2017 is likely to surprise everyone; it will be interesting to see how the Reds fare in that “bigger wallet” chase.

Mourinho to Deal with Personal Problems

Even if Manchester United was leading the Premier League and cruised to another trophy, 2017 would be a tough year for Mourinho. The Portuguese manager ran into unexpected trouble after he was accused of tax evasion in a major scandal that also involves Cristiano Ronaldo. This side show is probably going to linger for a bit longer in the public’s eye before football fans forget about it completely. However, for Jose the implications are very serious and it’s going to be hard for him to ignore the issue altogether.

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